Sep 02 2016by Alicia Gonzales
A Letter to My Future SelfBy Alicia Gonzales - Sep 02 2016
Dear Future Me,
It’s been four years now, and you’re officially a college graduate. I hope you have enjoyed these few years you’ve had here because they went by quick (or so I’ve heard). As a freshman who is just experiencing my first days of class I can already tell I’m in for a wild ride. I'm going to experience a lot of things, from school to parties to even relationships, but I'm ready to take it on. Right now I'm not sure what my future looks like, but that's okay. I have time to figure myself out, figure out my goals, my dreams and my aspirations.
You, however, are a wise, experienced and knowledgeable graduate. I hope you have done all the things I wish I do. I hope that you have stayed true to yourself, maintained your beliefs and stood your ground. You've met a lot of people along the way, but you are who you are and you should never change for anyone. I know that you’ve seen some good days and you’ve seen some ugly days, but here you are stronger than ever. You’ve overcome these obstacles and faced some of the biggest challenges you’ll have to face. So congrats! You can now look at the real world with the confidence it takes to make something of yourself. So go ahead and put yourself out there, reach your ambitions, do whatever it takes to succeed. But along the way make sure you’re still happy and filled with love. Take time for others, but also yourself.
Hopefully you’re not that different than me now, but hopefully you have grown into something I can be proud of. I hope you are still kind, brave and even more. College is such an important part of life, and I hope it has bettered you in more ways than one.
And it may seem rough right now: scary and uncertain, but just know that younger you will always be rooting for you from a distance. I’m hoping that we not only make a mark on the world, but a mark on the people that we meet in our life. Because if there's one thing I know, it's that I want to be an influence - I want you to be an influence. I want to inspire people that I meet to be a good person. I want to inspire people to follow their dreams and to never give up on what they want. So if you've done that, I thank you and look forward to the people I meet along the way.
Also, just a reminder that nothing is more important than your happiness, if it’s not making you happy it’s not worth it. I may not know where you’ll be in the future, but just take a deep breath and know that everything will be alright. I promise.
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Below are some common scholarship essay questions. You can use these as a great starting point for a pesonal statement. Some of these essay questions are used in the Maricopa Scholarship Database.
- What life experiences have shaped who you are today and what challenges have you overcome in achieving your education (i.e. financial, personal, medical, etc.)?
- Explain why you need financial assistance.
- Describe your academic and career goals and your plans to achieve them and discuss any of your extracurricular/volunteer activities (both on and off campus) that you may perform.
- Describe an event in which you took a leadership role and what you learned about yourself.
This is a sample essay to help guide you when you are writing essays for scholarships. Keep in mind that all scholarship applications are different, so you may have to design your essay to meet those specific requirements.
(State an overview of what you are going to talk about in the essay. If the essay is about you, give a brief description of your experiences, goals, aspirations, family background, etc. Touch on why you want the scholarship.)
For as long as I could remember, I have wanted to be a veterinarian. I have been responsible for the care and feeding of pets ever since I was in the second grade. In high school, I participated in the 4-H club as well as the Junior Humane society. To reach my goals, I realize that I must pursue an eight year college education which will begin with the Fall 2010 semester. I am very excited about my future and feel that with the opportunity your scholarship will provide, I can help many animals.
Paragraph II & III
(Go into more detail on one of the topics listed in paragraph I. For example, elaborate on your previous experiences, family and financial situation, volunteer work, employment, academic career, future goals, college plans, etc.)
My love for animals has been encouraged by my family and friends. I have had the opportunity to volunteer with the local animal shelter and provide basic care to the stray animals. With the help of my biology teacher, I was able to start a 4-H club on campus. Many of the other students on campus developed an interest in the animals and now our club has 100 members. My family also has many animals for which I provide care, including basic needs as well as first aid. I find that I enjoy that aspect of pet ownership best. Unfortunately, my family cannot afford to pay for my entire education, so I hope to use my skills and love of animals to help me pay for college.
(Conclude your essay with a wrap-up of why you should be considered for the scholarship; how do your goals match those of the organization, etc.)
Your organization stands for what I believe in. Like your organization, I hope to help animals for the rest of my life. To reach my goals, I need as much help as possible. I already have the moral support of my family and friends, but that is not quite enough to make my dream come true. I hope that your organization can help me reach this dream by awarding me your scholarship.